Table 3

Association of doctor characteristics with PA enquiry/counselling

Enquire re: PA habits (n=520)Provide written/verbal advice or prescription to patients (n=523)
Yes
n (%)
No
n (%)
χ2Yes
n (%)
No
n (%)
χ2
Age category (years)
 20–34145 (82.9%)30 (17.1%)7.7ns142 (81.1%)33 (18.9%)6.4ns
 35–49174 (92.1%)15 (7.9%)170 (89.9%)19 (10.1%)
 50–64114 (87.7%)16 (12.3%)114 (87.7%)16 (12.3%)
 65+24 (92.3%)2 (7.7%)23 (88.5%)3 (11.5%)
Gender
 Male200 (88.9%)25 (11.1%)0.791ns197 (87.6%)28 (12.4%)1.0ns
 Female257 (87.1%)38 (12.9%)252 (85.4%)43 (14.6%)
 Prefer not to answer3 (100.0%)0 (0.0%)3 (100.0%)0 (0.0%)
Level of seniority
 Completed specialist training304 (90.7%)31 (9.3%)7.6**298 (89.0%)37 (11.0%)5.1*
 NCHDs150 (82.4%)32 (17.6%)149 (81.9%)33 (18.1%)
Level of familiarity with National PA Plan
 Yes, I’m familiar with it47 (88.7%)6 (11.3%)10.2**48 (90.6%)5 (9.4%)10.6**
 Yes, I’ve heard of it but haven’t read it162 (94.2%)10 (5.8%)159 (92.4%)13 (7.6%)
 No, I’m not familiar with it251 (84.2%)47 (15.8%)245 (82.2%)53 (17.8%)
Recommended weekly levels of PA
 30 min6 (75.0%)2 (25.0%)4.8ns7 (87.5%)1 (12.5%)4.3ns
 60 min18 (85.7%)3 (14.3%)16 (76.2%)5 (23.8%)
 90 min90 (83.3%)18 (16.7%)90 (83.3%)18 (6.7%)
 150 min304 (89.9%)34 (10.1%)299 (88.5%)39 (11.5%)
 300 min42 (87.5%)6 (12.5%)40 (83.3%)8 (16.7%)
  • *p≤0.05; **p≤0.01; ***p≤0.001.

  • NCHD, non-consultant hospital doctor; PA, physical activity; ns, not significant.